January 2019 Blogger of the Month


Happy New Year!  To kick off 2019 I am happy to announce the January Blogger of the Month, the wonderful Renee Hyde of the blog Renee the Wanderess.

Renee Hyde of the blog Renee The Wanderess

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Okay, let’s get to it. January 2019’s Blogger of the Month is the talented freelance writer, Renee Hyde of the blog Renee the Wanderess.

Renee truly lives what she preaches.

She is a location independent freelance writer. We’ve all seen those inspiring Instagram photos of people posting #RVlife or #locationindependent but Renee is one of the small percentage of people that lives that motto of location independent.

I stumbled upon Renee through Pinterest and after reading some of her posts I knew I wanted to learn more about her story and share how she does what she does.

Below enjoy an interview with Renee Hyde.

Q&A with Renee Hyde

1. Name:

Renee Hyde

2. Name of your blog/website: 

Renee the Wanderess

3. Names of your social media handles:

@reneethewanderess Instagram, twitter @reneewanderess, no Facebook yet 😉

4. Location:

Denver, CO for now!

5. What made you start your blog?

I have been a traveling freelance writer for 7 years, and I often get asked how I pull it off. Earlier this year I started craving a new challenge, something I could do to help other people more meaningfully. The natural answer was for me to start sharing my work-from-anywhere wisdom!

6. How long have you been blogging/operating your website?

I’m brand new, I started in October 2018!

7. What has been the biggest surprise to you so far in your blogging

I guess that people care about my opinion more than I thought
they would! I’m already getting signups for my course, which I was not
expecting at all when I decided to start the blog. I thought it would be a
slow burn, but I’ve already got a little traction.

8. Do you blog part-time or full-time?

Part time, but it would be great to go full time eventually.

9. If full-time, what was your prior career? If part-time, what do you do
outside of blogging?

I’m a full-time freelance writer

10. Do you make money from your blog? If so, what has been your best source of revenue?

So far my focus has been on creating e-learning products. I teach a course that helps people begin freelance writing in 6 weeks. I also do pitch reviews for freelance writers who want to know how they can be more successful at attracting clients.

11. What drives the most traffic to your blog?

Instagram, followed by Quora

12. How many page views does your blog average per day?

50-100 one month in, but growing every day!

13. What has been your most successful post to date?

5 Perfect Freelance Writing Roles for Newbies

14. What is coming up next for your blog?

I want to offer more personalized help, so I’m planning to launch a freelance writing bootcamp in 2019 that’s more interactive.

15. How often do you publish new content?

1-2 times per week

16. If you could give one piece of advice to other bloggers what would it

Pay close attention to what is and isn’t working for you. Sometimes
you’ll get traffic from surprising places and your most popular content may
not be the pieces YOU consider the best; sometimes a post just hits a

January Blogger of the month